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Baptiste Trotignon studied piano and classical music since the age of six and discovered jazz and improvisation as a teenager. His first two trio albums in the early 2000's (followed by two solo piano albums which both received major public and critical acclaim) brought him to people's attention as one of the most spectacular member of a new generation of pianists, and brought him to perform at many major international venues. He won many awards: Prix Django Reinhardt, Best French Newcomer at 2003 Victoires du Jazz, Grand Prix at the 2002 Martial Solal International Piano Competition...

Over the years that followed he developed a number of eclectic encounters, performing alongside with artists like Tom Harrell, Stefano Di Battista, Aldo Romano or Brad Mehldau. After his first "american" album recorded in New York in 2008 ("Share") , he received in 2011 the Sacem's Grand Prix for his work as a composer, and then released in 2012 a stunningly bold album, "Song Song Song", on which he celebrated his love of the vocalist's art and invited great artists like Melody Gardot. At the same time he creates his first Piano Concerto "Different Spaces" with Nicholas Angelich.

In 2014, the 40-year-old musician "Le Monde" has described as "a lesson, a model, perfection from A to Z" continues to play a resolutely openminded and imaginative music by returning to the trio format with "Hit", inviting master of groove Jeff Ballard.

In 2016, while he's releasing a gorgeous original project mixing jazz and classical music on Kurt Weill with Kate Lindsey ("Thousands of miles", acclaimed by "New-York Times"), he signs with the major label company SonyMusic, releasing first two co-leaded albums showing his love for South-American musical traditions: "Chimichurri" with argentinian percussionist Minino Garay and "Ancestral Memories" with cuban saxophonist Yosvany Terry.

In 2018, he receives the prestigious Echo Jazz award in Germany as Best Instrumentalist-Keyboards category, and creates his first symphonic piece "Hiatus et turbulences" with Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio-France , and his second piece for Piano and Orchestra "L'air de rien", concert where he also plays for the first time Mozart 1st Piano Concertobefore playing a bit later the 9th Concerto "JeuneHomme"!

His album "You've changed" is getting released in 2019: new songs played solo piano and an incredible series of duets with guests like Joe Lovano, Avishai Cohen, Ibrahim Maalouf, Camélia Jordana...

After 2 years spent mainly on orchestral composition ("Move", his Trumpet Concerto for Romain Leleu, and "Anima" his first symphony ), and some original projects like a duet with Arthur Teboul ("Feu Chatterton"), he joins back in 2023 record label Naïve with "Brexit Music", 100% jazz groove trio with songs from UK pop music from Beatles to Radiohead !

Some of the musicians he has played and/or worked with: (alphabetical order)

Jeanne Added, Natalie Dessay, Stefano Di Battista, Avishai Cohen, Melody Gardot, Thomas Enhco, Tom Harrell, Camelia Jordana, Angelique Kidjo, Bireli Lagrène, Joe Lovano, Ibrahim Maalouf, Brad Mehldau, Christophe Miossec, Milton Nascimento, Vincent Peirani, Michel Portal, Enrico Rava, Aldo Romano, Archie Shepp, Arthur Teboul, Alexandre Tharaud, Kenny Wheeler...

And also l'Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio-France, l'Orchestre National d'Ile-de-France, le Stuttgart Philharmoniker, Sascha Goetzel, Ariane Matiakh...
© Franz Galo


It's not an exhaustive list.


other works
Suite (2010)
Share (2009)
Solo II (2005)
Solo (2003)
Sightseeing (2001)
Fluide (2000)